Green Kitchen Stories and Hush Heath

This has been another tough week when I have been very busy with work and battling a bad cold which just gets worse every day.  I have eaten badly and not exercised so feeling quite bad.  However, instead of feeling too negative about it all, I have 3 lovely things to share with you all.

One of my very favourite blogs is Green Kitchen Stories, a healthy vegetarian blog, by a Scandinavian couple who live in Stockholm.  Their recipes actually work, they feature foods I really like and the photography is incredible.  I always read their blog posts and follow their Instagram accounts.  This week I watched their You Tube films for the first time and they are great.  Most are only 1 and a half minutes which is perfect as not too long.  They are well shot and I love the style of them.  It is that clean and unfussy Scandinavian design I love so much.  I was inspired by one film to make this delicious breakfast.

Raw Buckwheat and Walnut Porridge served with Persimmon and Grapesbuckwheat porridge 3 Ingredients (serves 1)

1/2 a cup of raw buckwheat groats
1/2 a cup of walnuts
1 apple
Juice of 1 orange
4 cardamon pods ground or half a tsp of ground cardamom
1/2 tsp vanilla
Fuit to garnish

Method

Soak the walnuts and buckwheat in water for at least an hour

bwheat and walnuts Rinsebuckwheat and walnuts Grind the cardamom if using whole seedsgrinding cardamom buckwheat poridge 2Chop apple, juice orange and slice fruit for toppingpersimmon and grapes Add buckwheat, walnuts, chopped apple and orange juice to the blender and blitz until smooth.  Place in serving bowl.buckwheat porridge 1 Tope with fruit of choicepersimmon Enjoy!

This has a fresh and alive flavour which I enjoyed very much.  I have had a sore throat this week and I really liked the coolness of the porridge and the sweet and juicy fruits.  I don’t think I have ever had a persimmon before but I will be having them again as it was lovely.  The outer skin is similar to a tomato’s but the flesh inside is more like a nectarine.buckwheat porridge I enjoyed a beautiful sunrise this morning.sunrise 29-11-14 There is a vineyard and winemakers near us called Hush Heath Estate and I had seen they were hosting a tasting weekend with 25% off their wines, still and sparkling.  Lara came home for a visit last night, the sun was shining and it was perfect timing to go and select our Christmas wines.  I have never visited Hush Heath before.  The vineyards were planted 12 years ago (if I recall correctly) and the facilities have been open for about a year.  You can walk around the estate which I will do another time but I was not up for a walk today.  I did manage to sit at this huge table with my gorgeous daughter and sampled all their wines.HH 3 We bought lots of bubbles for Christmas and a bottle of Chardonnay for tonight which was delicious.  More like a Chablis than a Chardonnay, crisp, flinty and very drinkable.HH2 HH1 To my local friends, I recommend you get round there, try some award winning wines, support a local company and get 25% off the price.Kent Life awards rose copper Hush heath pot Hush Heath Winery

Having Lara at home, discovering a new way of finding recipes from one of my favourite blogs and a cupboard full of local bubbles are the high lights of a busy and poorly week.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in a small village in the beautiful Weald of Kent with my husband and 2 children. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. After all, I live in the 'Garden of England' so it seems silly to not take advantage of that. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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